August 22 Weekly Open Thread: To Save or To Scrap?
Just like real estate, they're not making some really cool, older, lustable cars any more. Many have been well preserved or restored, hopefully heading for a museum some day. But others have fallen into poor repair and are being crushed, parted out, or even sent to demolition derbies to "entertain" us as noble gladiators once did in the Flavian Amphitheatre.
Please witness a Lincoln Continental station wagon, maybe a 1976 model, whose fate is unknown. As this image was taken, the owner was trying to decide if it would be a good candidate for restoration, or should it bid adieu in a blaze of glory during some Saturday night smash-'em-up.
This wagon started life as a fully-loaded Mercury Colony Park, then received Lincoln Continental badging, opera windows, a vinyl roof treatment, some gaudy chrome pieces, the signature faux spare tire-humped rump skillfully crafted into the wagon's tailgate, and possibly a Lincoln front end like this one on the left.
I think that tailgate is the most interesting part of the car; I wish the owner had also included a front view of the car to see if the Lincoln upright grille had been fitted.
Personally, I'd hate to see this car go. Its rarity aside, this may be the ultimate expression of modern American automotive excess. Other than a few Cadillac station wagons (I had the pleasure of riding in Elvis' Caddy wagon once), there weren't many full-size premium luxury wagons built. Today's SUVs may have taken the ultimate prize for size, but they are trucks, not cars. And this wagon was built just before "downsizing" became a popular Detroit pastime.
So as a suggested topic this week, how do you feel about an older, tattered, but possibly collectible vehicle like this one getting scrapped? Personally, I'd love to see this wagon restored to its full glory and displayed for folks to see. Why? Because like visual history, once it's gone, it's lost forever.
And of course, this Car Lust Weekly Open Thread is the place for other random, off-topic conversations that just don't belong anywhere else.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)